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  • Jan Eike Dunkhase |Bard Graduate Center, New York| Heidegger and Historiography. New Perspectives on a Difficult Relationship (October 2019)
  • James van Dyke (U of Missouri), "Otto Dix: Gauklerkönig" (November 2018)
  • Venkat Mani (U of Wisconsin): "The Shadow of Empty Shelves: World Literature and the National Socialist Pact with Books" (March 2018)
  • David Shneer (U of Colorado): "Making Grief: How a Soviet Photographer Made a Photograph of Holocaust Liberation into an Icon of War's Human Tragedy" (March 2018)
  • Kira Thurman (U of Michigan): "On Beethoven, Blackness, and Belonging: Debating Classical Music in the Black Atlantic" (January 2018)
  • Hester Baer (U of Maryland) and Faye Stewart (Georgia State U), "Precarious Women: Gender and Labor in the German Cinema of Neoliberalism" (November, 2017)
  • Paul Michael Luetzeler: "Against Continental Disunity: Writers on a Constitution for Europe" (October 2017)
  • Tomer Gardi (Israel): "Broken German" (March 2017)
  • Fatima Naqvi (Rutgers University): "Shameless: the Ethics of Embarrassment" (March 2017)
  • Russell Berman (Stanford University): "From Goethe to Merkel: Refugee Policy and Culture in Germany" (February 2017)
  • Matthew Handelman: "Who's Afraid of Mathematics? Critical Theory, Gershom Scholem, and the Digital Humanities" (November 2016)
  • Ulrich von Bülow, German Literature Archive: "The Handiwork of Thinking - On the ,,Nachlass" of Martin Heidegger" (November 2016)
  • Karen Remmler, Mount Holyoke: "The Digital Afterlives of W.G. Sebald's Work of Memory" (Co-sponsored by Department of German, Russian and East European Studies) (October 2016)
  • Kerstin Barndt, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: "Show Time. Museums, Memory and the Poetics of History in Contemporary Germany" (Co‐ sponsored by the Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages) (February 2016)
  • Christoph Bartmann, Goethe‐Institut New York: "Cultural Exchange: who, why, how?" (Co‐ sponsored by Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages) (February 2016)
  • Melissa Etzler, Butler University, "From Cocovore to Cannibal: Melancholic Consumption in Christian Kracht’s Imperium” (February 2016)
  • Alexandra Hui, Mississippi State University, "From Vogelflote to wichity wichity wichity: Standardizing the Sounds of Nature in the First Decades of the Twentieth Century" (Cosponsored by the History of Science fund from the Department of History) (February 2016) 
  • Martin Rempe, Konstanz/DFG Visiting Scholar, Vanderbilt, "Musicians at Home and at the Front During World War One" (December 2015)
  • Eric Jaronski (Nein Quarterly), "First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Then as Tweet" (December 2015)
  • Celia Applegate (Vanderbilt): "The Wonder Years, 1756-1829: When Music Became German" (November 2015)
  • Katie McEwen, "Making Dada:  Gender and the Politics of the Applied Arts in the Avant-Garde" (November 2015)
  • Denise Phillips (UTK): "The Enlightenment's Most Famous Peasant: Kleinjogg, Moral Philosophy and Agricultural Improvements in the 1760s. (November 2015)
  • Sonja Ostrow, "Polling under Occupation: Bringing Public Opinion Research to Germany" (October 2015)
  • Jason Strudler, Vanderbilt:"Against the Senses -- Kandinsky's Poetry of Negation" (October 2015)
  • Martin Geyer (Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet, Department of History): "Richard Nixon's 'Silent Majority" (October 2015)
  •  Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann's 'Spiral of Silence' and the Conservative Moment of the 1970's" (October 2015)
  • Michael Knoche (Anna Amalia Bibliotek Stiftung Weimarer Klassik): "Wozu alte Bibliotheken?  Die Bedeutung von origenalen Quellen im Zeitalter des Internets" (October 2015)
  • Helmut W. Smith (Vanderbilt), "Empire of Objects" (September 2015)
  • James McFarland (VU): Discussion of "The Company of Wolves" (April 2015)
  • Ann Schmiesling (U. of Colorado): "Disability and Able-bodiedness in Grimms' Fairy Tales". Sponsored by the MKC for European and German Studies. (April 2015)
  • Matthew W. Smith (Stanford University), in conversation with Mark Wallace,Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Moderated by Lutz Koepnick (Vanderbilt): "Nineteenth-Century Neuroaesthetics: Georg Buechner, Richard Wagner, Johannes Mueller, Hermann von Helmholtz" (September 2015)
  • Katy Scoggin (co-producer, co-cinematographer): "Citizen Four" - Screening then Panel discussion, moderated by Lutz Koepnick (Vanderbilt), also Jennifer Fay Vanderbilt) and Hedy Weinberger (Nashville ACLU) (April 2015)
  • Jason Strudler (Vanderbilt): Introduced "Leviathan" (Zvyagintsev, 2014) (April, 2015)
  • Alice Staskova (Visiting Max Kade Professor, FU Berlin)" "Philosophie und Stil" (April 2015)
  •  Priscilla Layne (UNC, Chapel Hill): "Black German Fiction and the Politics of Publishing" (April 2015)
  • Ann Schmiesing (U. of Colorado): "Disability and Able-bodiedness in Grimm's Fairy Tales" (March 2015)
  • Kira Thurman (U. of Akron): "The Fisk Jubilee Singers on a Nineteenth-Century European Tour" (March 2015)
  • Sara E. Jackson (Vanderbilt): "Hofmannsthal's Elektra: Temporality, Subjectivity & Performance" (March 2015)
  • Dana Renga (The Ohio State University): "Masculinity, Mafia, and (Male) Melodrama" (March 2015)
  • Sabine Hake (U. of Texas): "Ferdinand LaSalle, the First Socialist Celebrity" (February 2015)
  • James McFarland (Vanderbilt): "From Masses to Swarms: the Zombie Horde and the Mad Element of Bio-Politics"" (February 2015)
  • Vivian Finch (Vanderbilt): "Translating Brazil:  The Politics of Brazilian Literature in Post-War Germany" (February 2015)
  • Robert Kelz (U. of Memphis): "Stefan Zweig in Argentina" (February 2015)
  • Glenn Penny (U. of Iowa) in conversation with Ted Fischer (Vanderbilt):: "Beyond Colonial Questions: Germans in Guatemala since the 1880s" (February 2015)
  • Todd Presner (UCLA): "From Berlin to LA and Beyond: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities" (February 2015)
  • Inga Pollmann (UNC Chapel Hill): "Questions of Mise en Scene: Stimmung und Mileu" (January 2015)
  • Joy Calico (Vanderbilt) introduced a performance of Arnold Scoenberg's "A Survivor from Warsaw" (January 2015)
  • Heidi Voskuhl (Penn): "Engineering and Philosophy: Soial, Technical, Intellectual Elites in Interwar Germany" (January 2015)
  • Nora Alter (Temple University): Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar: Strange Songs: Lyrical Strains in the Essay Film" (December 2014)
  • Brett Sterling (University of Arkansas): Gisela Mosig Lecture Series: "German Comics Today" (November 2014)
  • David Blackbourn (Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair of History): "Remembering November 9th" (November 2014) 
  • Caryl Emerson (Princeton): "Tolstoy and Shakespeare- a theatrical feud featuring George Bernard Shaw" (October 2014)
  • Svea Braeunert (University of Potsdam): "Waging War Through Images: Drones' Precarious Visions" (September 2014)
  • Edith Hanke (Bayrische Akadamie der Wissenschaften): "Max Weber worldwide. The Reception of a Classic in Times of Radical Change" September 2014)
  • Jeff High (CSU Long Beach): "Schiller's 'An die Freude':  Leonard Bernstein and the Freude and/or Freiheit Debate" (September 2014)
  • Jason Strudler (Vanderbilt): "What is (Avant-Garde) Art?  The Case of Malevich's Black Square" (September 2014)
  • Jan Buerger (Max Kade Visiting Professor of German, Vanderbilt): "Mich zu Fixieren, ist Unmoeglich". Der Fall
    Joseph Roth (April 2014)
  • Anna Katharina Hahn (prize-winning German novelist): A reading from Shorter Days (April 2014)
  • Harald Friedl (CSU Long Beach), Lutz Koepnick and James McFarland (both Vanderbilt): Roundtable Discussion "Cinema and Nature" (April 2014)
  • Mary Louise Roberts, University of Wisconsin (Madison) "Rape Hysteria and the Sexual Economy of Race: French Accusations of Sexual Assault against African-American GIs, 1944-1946" (April 2014)
  • Despina Stratigakos, SUNY, Buffalo: "Hitler at Home - The Politics of the Fuehrer's Domestic Image" (March 2014)
  • Philip Gossett, University of Chicago: "Guiseppe Verdi and the Censors" (March 2014)
  • Frank Wcislo, Thomas Schwartz, Helmut Smith (Vanderbilt - History), Tatiana Filimonova and Jason Strudler (Vanderbilt - Germanic & Slavic Languages): "Ukraine Between East and West: A Roundtable Discussion" (March 2014)
  • Anke Gilleir, University of Leuven - KU Leuven: "Anna Blume is Put  to Death: The Reframing of Rosa Luxemburg in the German Avant-Garde" (March 2014)
  • Tatiana Filimonova, Vanderbilt University: "Eurasianism, Imperialism and Social Critique in Russian Literature Today" (February 2014)
  •  Elke Schmitter, Journalist (taz, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel), writer, poet: a reading from Mrs. Sartoris, a novel (February 2014)
  • Yuri Corrigan, Boston University: "Imprisoned in the Other: Selfhood in Dostoevsky and Russian Philosophy" (January 2014)
  • Lou Charmon-Deutsch, SUNY (Stony Brook): "Going Global: Unmasking the Conspiracies of Jews and Jesuits in Nineteenth-Century European Fiction" (November 2013)
  • Holger Schulze, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Institut fuer Kulturwissenschaft: "The Sonic Persona: A Basic Outline of an Anthropology of Sound Science History" (November 2013)
  • Gangolf Huebinger, Europa-Universitaet Viadrina, Frankfurt an der Oder: "Immer mehr Ordnungen und immer weniger ordnung:  Die Kulturentwicklung im Jahr 1913" (October 2013)
  • David Imhoof, Susquehanna University: "The Rise and Fall of a Nazi Town: Goettingen during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich" (September)
  • Frank Trommler, Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Pennsylvania: "Germany's Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century: Not a Topic for Diplomats" (September 2013) 
  • Thomas Meyer,  University of Munich: "From Kirchhain to Chicago: Leo Strauss's Intellectual Biography." (April 2013)
  • Alexander Kosenina, Leibniz University Hannover: "Law and Literatur: The Rise of Crime Fiction in the 18th Century." (March 2013)
  • Amir Eshel, Stanford University: "Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past." (March 2013)
  • Nicholas Vazsonyi, University of South Carolina: "What is Isolde Inhaling? Modernity, Meaning & Wagner's Music" (February 2013)
  • Monika Nenon, University of Memphis: "The German Reception of Rousseau." (January 2013)
  • Thomas Meyer, University of Munich: "From Hegel to Nietzsche? Some Reflections on Continental Philosophy
    in the 19th and 20th Century." (January 2013)


  • "Remembrance --Imagination | Referring Back while going Further with Hannah Arendt" Graduate Conference (2015): Keynote Dialogue with Barbara Hahn (Vanderbilt) and Thomas Wild (Bard).
  • "Form — Violence — Meaning," Two Hundred Years Heinrich von Kleist. International Symposium (2011)
  • (Trans)literation: Exploring Borders and Boundaries through Literature and Film Graduate Conference (2011)
  • "Literary Experiments: Media | Art | Texts 1950-2010." Humboldt Kolleg/International Conference (2010)
  • Unanschaulichkeit:Towards an Ethics of Modern Literature (2007)
  • "Sleeping I am more awake." The Art of Dreams.
  • International Conference at Vanderbilt University (2006)
  • International Symposium on the Reception of Georg Büchner (2004)


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